SuperSpeed USB chatter has been going for seemingly an eternity, but this year’s CES is the technology’s coming out party. Today, Seagate (one of the big guns in the storage space) took the wraps off its BlackArmor PS 110, a 7,200-rpm, 500GB portable hard drive that leverages USB 3.0 to achieve breakneck data transfer speeds.
The new Super Speed USB interface allows lightning fast file transfers at sustained rates of 100 MBps, which is three times faster than USB 2.0. What does this mean in every day use? Seagate claims that a 25GB HD movie can be transferred in just 4 minutes instead of 14 minutes.
Fortunately, you don’t need an USB 3.0 notebook to reap the benefits. You simply plug the included PC Adapter card into a notebook, connect one end of the included adapter cord to the PC card, the other end to the BlackArmor PS 110, and it’s ready to fly.
Each drive ships with Acronis data back up, and SafetyDrill recovery software for full system back up and restore. The BlackArmor PS110 is compatible with Windows 7, Vista, and XP PCs, and is covered by a lengthy 5-year warranty. It’s available now for $179.